Strom Funeral Home

McCormick, South Carolina

Mr. Shirley “Russell” Farris

MCCORMICK, SC — Mr. Shirley “Russell” Farris, 73, of 2603 Hwy 378 East, made his heavenly trip Saturday, May 12, 2018 at his lake house in McCormick.

The memorial service will be held Wednesday May 16, 1 p.m. at Strom Funeral Home with the Rev. Larry Harmon officiating.

Mr. Farris was a native of Louisville, Kentucky. He was a project manager with Daniel Construction Company.  He owned a store and campground on Highway 378 and was a former owner of a restaurant in Ninety Six.  He was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Tim Farris of Louisville, Kentucky. He was a member of West Acre Baptist Church in Evans, Georgia. He was a lifetime member of the Masons and Red Fez Shrine Club of McCormick. 

Survivors include his loving fiancé Elaine Akins of Augusta, Ga., daughter in-law Julia (Taffy) Price and granddaughter Julianna Karr (David) Ayla and Ryleigh of LaGrange, Ga., grandson Crosby Price, granddaughter Ashton Price (Patrick) Noah of Columbus, Ga. Brothers Jimmy Farris, Raymond Farris, Russell Farris and Walter Farris of Kentucky.

The family will receive friends from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. at Strom Funeral Home prior to the Memorial Service.

Memorials may be made to Greenville Shriners Hospital, 950 West Farris Road, Greenville, SC. 29605

Strom Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.


Mrs. Kate Bracknell Dorn

MCCORMICK, SC — Kate Bracknell Dorn, 98, died peacefully on Monday, April 2, 2018 at Forest View Manor.

Kate was the daughter of the late John Luther and Nina Stillwell Bracknell. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, George Neal Dorn; infant daughter; grandson, Caz Dorn; her parents; and siblings.

She was a retired school teacher, a profession she loved. She served on numerous boards, volunteered for organizations and was fortunate enough to win distinctive awards for some of her services, one of which was being chosen Mrs. S.C. Senior America and Most Vivacious while in Atlantic City. She was an avid walker and loved music and people. As long as her health allowed, she spent most of her time serving others. She once told her daughter that she would like to be able to give her own eulogy and actually wrote what she wanted to say. Since there will be no formal service or visitation, we are using this means to invite you to share in this time. One of her favorite hymns was “Others” and Bible verse Matthew 25:40 – “In as much as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.” Her favorite charities were St. Jude and March of Dimes. She strongly believed in “giving flowers while you are living,” which she did, and so many of you did for her.

Try to imagine her standing here wearing her signature newsboy cap, pearls and a scarf saying, “This is not the time that I want to say things about me, but to reflect on how blessed I have been to have been brought up in a good home with Christian parents. I was also blessed with a wonderful husband, children, friends and students. God gave me the talent of music, which I have loved ever since I can remember. So, if you choose to remember me, just say Kate loved life and living. She counted her blessings, for they were numerous. I will leave you with one thought … Live each day as it might be your last.”

She is survived by her children George N. Dorn Jr. (Kathy) of Lexington, Kay D. Brewer (Harold) of McCormick, Sandy Osborne, of Columbia and John C. Dorn (Sharon) of McCormick; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

In lieu of the service, we ask that her legacy and memory be honored by showing an act of kindness to someone or by spending time with your loved ones.
– Her loving family

A private burial will be held at a later date.

Strom Funeral Home is assisting the family.


Mrs. Margurite “Rita” Brown Johnson

EVANS, GA — Margurite “Rita” Brown Johnson, 82, of 1103 Sam Baston Dr, died February 8, 2018, at Doctors Hospital, Augusta.

Graveside services will be held at 11 am Saturday at McCormick City Cemetery with the Rev. Prescott E. Nead III officiating.

Margurite was born in Appling to the late John E. Brown and Lillie Mae Morris Sherman.  She retired from Southern Bell after 25 years of service.  She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Evans.   She was predeceased by one son, Christopher Mark Tinley.

Survivors include her husband, Frank Lee Johnson; a daughter, April Porterfield (Dr. James E. Porterfield) Evans GA; a son Frank Andrew Johnson (Jiamin Johnson) Appling GA; three grandchildren, Canon and Caden Porterfield and Michael Johnson.

Visitation will be after the graveside service.

Memorials may be made to the Salvation Army.

Strom Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Mary Ann Self Coffee

MCCORMICK, SC — Mrs. Mary Ann Self Coffee, 67, of West Gold Street in McCormick SC, died Thursday, December 21st 2017 at Augusta University Hospital in Augusta.

Graveside services will be held at 2:00 pm on Wednesday at Overbook Cemetery in McCormick with the Rev John Noblin officiating.

She was born and raised in McCormick to the late Mr. and Mrs. James and Mary Jane “Lindley” Self of McCormick, SC.  She was a member of Plum Branch Baptist Church. She was a seamstress and weaver, who enjoyed her many craft projects. She was predeceased by a brother-in-law Johnnie (Leslie) Coffee of Augusta.

Survivors include her husband William “Greg” Coffee, McCormick; a son, Benson ” Lee” Bonds , Plum Branch; a daughter, Michelle Coffee Gardner , Plum Branch; a stepson, Hank Coffee, Greenwood; a sister, Brenda Morgan (Curtis), Plum Branch; a grandson, Daniel (Angela) Coffee , McCormick; a great granddaughter, Annabell Coffee, McCormick; brother, Milton (Susan) Self, McCormick; two brother in law’s, Danny (Rhonda) Coffee, McCormick; Sidney (Kathy) Coffee, Greenwood; four sister in laws, Pam (Henry) Bussey, Modoc; Gail Mills, Anderson; Fred (Katie) Fuller, Plum Branch; Chris (Linda) Wilkie , Plum Branch; and many many cousins, aunts and uncles around McCormick.

The family will receive friends from 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, December 26th at Strom Funeral Home.

Strom Funeral Home of McCormick is in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Jimmy Percival

MODOC/EDGEFIELD, SC — Jimmy “Red” Percival, 76, of Modoc, died Wednesday, October 11, 2017.

Graveside services will be held at 4:00 p.m. Sunday at Red Oak Grove Baptist Church Cemetery.

Jimmy was born in Edgefield county to the late Doug and Naomi “Ooty” Doolittle Percival. He retired form Dupont as a Mechanic Supervisor.  He was a member of Red Oak Grove Baptist Church and Parksville Masonic Lodge.

Survivors include his dear friend and former wife and mother of his children, Kay Minton P. Gilbert; Stepfather, Jack Gregory; four sons, David L. Percival (Connie), Lady Lake FL, Richard B. Percival (Michelle), Modoc, SC, Douglas G. Percival (Daisy), Edgefield SC, Wallace W. Percival (Michelle), Edgefield SC; and ten grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. on Saturday at Strom Funeral Home in McCormick, SC.

Mr. George Donald Ferqueron

MCCORMICK, SC — George Donald Ferqueron passed away on October 9, 2017 at Self Regional Health Hospital.

The son of the late James P. Ferqueron and Virginia Fillmon-Ferqueron of McCormick, SC, George was preceded in death by his soul mate Ernestine Severence-Ferqueron of 58 years, and 3 brothers; Jerome Ferqueron, Archie Ferqueron, and Kenneth Ferqueron.

George was born in St. Petersburg Florida and moved with his Father James P. Ferqueron and family to McCormick, South Carolina during his childhood. George went on to build a successful construction contracting business with his brother Jerome in St. Petersburg, Florida.  George’s residence is in Clearwater, Florida.

Survivors include his Five Daughters; Ellen Miller of Largo, Florida, Sharon Haddad of Loyd, Florida, Virginia Lynne Smith of Murphy, North Carolina, Gail Conolly of Islamorada, Florida and Leslie Meyers of McCormick, South Carolina.  George is also survived by Four Grandchildren; Ryan Miller of Largo, Florida, Kelly Miller of St. Petersburg, Florida, Kegan Conolly and Tanner Conolly of Indian Rocks Beach Florida as well as one Great Grand Child, Keith Miller of Largo Florida.

Funeral Services will be held at a later date in Largo Florida.
He is most remembered by his bright smile and witty sense of humor.

Strom Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Mrs. Desse Sheriff Jennings

MCCORMICK, SC — Dessie Sheriff Jennings, 94, widow of William J. Jennings, died on Sunday, September 24, 2017.

Graveside service will be Thursday, September 28th at 11:00 a.m. at Parksville Baptist Church Cemetery with Rev. Michael Allen officiating and Gene Jennings giving the eulogy.

Mrs. Jennings was born June 19, 1923 in Oconee County, SC to the late Thomas Walter and Ollie Bearden Sheriff. Mrs. Jennings was the oldest member of McCormick First Baptist Church. She was a devoted mother, grandmother, sister and friend. All who met her knew she was strong, kind, loving and willing to help others. She was a true gift from God and will be deeply missed by her family and friends.

She was pre-deceased by a sister, Lillian Sheriff Brown.  Survivors include her son, William (Bill) Jennings (Sylvia) of Edgefield, SC; a daughter, Esther White of McCormick; five grandchildren, Tony Jennings (Jackie), Tracy Jennings (Blythe), Dana White Kelly, Kim White Kelaher (Tommy), and Joy White (Mitt Broome); four great-great-grandchildren, Megan Jennings, Kate Kelaher, Finn Kelaher, Hunter White, and baby Georgia due in November; two great-great grandchildren, Amaiya and Carter; a sister, Helen Sheriff Chapman of Salem, SC; and a brother-in-law David Jennings of North Augusta, SC. Honorary pallbearers are Tony Jennings, Tracy Jennings, Gene Jennings, Gerry Jennings, Clarence Brown and Tommy Brown.

Mrs. Jennings has been a resident of The Ridge in Edgefield, SC for the past 7 years. The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. George Rainsford, Cindy Bryan and Cherrill Turner with Palladium Hospice, as well as all of the staff at The Ridge who lovingly cared for her each day.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, September 27 at Strom Funeral Home.

At the request of the family, memorials may be made to McCormick First Baptist Church in lieu of flowers.

The family is at the home of Esther White, 1986 Whitetown Rd., McCormick, SC.